1. flyinion's Avatar
    @flyinion you’d probably have to press on the screen harder with another screen protector under the Frē but it shouldn’t mess up the water protection. If you want to go the AppleCare route that works too.
    Thanks for the info. Yeah I've heard some people say it likely won't mess with the seal but the extra layer of stuff on the screen is probably not a great idea for sure. I did hold onto the rhino protector (stuck it on the heavy paper inner packaging) when I took it off. I wonder if the Rhino or the Tek Armor ballistic glass (which I ran before and also saved) are the kind where you can rinse the adhesive side under water to get dust off? I've seen that tip on a few YouTube review channels but it sounds like that doesn't work with all protectors and depends on the glue they use?
    08-02-2017 05:22 PM
  2. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Thanks for the info. Yeah I've heard some people say it likely won't mess with the seal but the extra layer of stuff on the screen is probably not a great idea for sure. I did hold onto the rhino protector (stuck it on the heavy paper inner packaging) when I took it off. I wonder if the Rhino or the Tek Armor ballistic glass (which I ran before and also saved) are the kind where you can rinse the adhesive side under water to get dust off? I've seen that tip on a few YouTube review channels but it sounds like that doesn't work with all protectors and depends on the glue they use?
    Yeah I can’t help there. Once I remove it I trash it. Same with skins. I have no luck reapplying, so dirty.
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    08-02-2017 05:24 PM
  3. camaroz1985's Avatar
    You could also look at the Lifeproof Nuud, and use the screen protectors that work with them. Then you would still have some protection if you took the case off (though obviously not on the bezels. I have no experience with Lifeproof so I don't know if there are otehr differences between the Nuud and Fre other than the built in protector, that was just something I saw on Amazon.
    08-03-2017 11:47 AM
  4. flyinion's Avatar
    Fre showed up this afternoon. Will be going on later this evening. This is going to be interesting, especially after using my phone with a totally naked screen for the last day and a half. I'm now spoiled on the feel lol.
    08-03-2017 06:44 PM
  5. akutch34's Avatar
    Yeah I have it, but that's my point is I just took it off so I can put the Fre on so now I don't have a screen protector if I decide to swap cases around. There's no way I'm going to keep something dust free if I keep installing/removing/reinstalling the same thing, and ~$20 a pop every time I decide to stop using the Fre is steep. I might only use the fre on weekend trips for example.
    This was the issue I ran into. I am very outdoors-y and on weekends I'm always hiking, biking, swimming, or at the beach etc. During the summer, my Frē is pretty much the only case I use. But, once October hits I like to switch up and use my other cases. I finally gave in and just put a film screen protector on instead of a tempered glass. It's thinner, works perfectly fine while the Frē is on and when it's off I don't have to worry about applying/re-applying.
    08-03-2017 06:48 PM
  6. flyinion's Avatar
    This was the issue I ran into. I am very outdoors-y and on weekends I'm always hiking, biking, swimming, or at the beach etc. During the summer, my Frē is pretty much the only case I use. But, once October hits I like to switch up and use my other cases. I finally gave in and just put a film screen protector on instead of a tempered glass. It's thinner, works perfectly fine while the Frē is on and when it's off I don't have to worry about applying/re-applying.
    Ah ok, well hmmm guess I should have left the Rhino protector on then. It's also film, but maybe it's thicker than some I'm not sure. It's definitely thinner than the glass ones I've used though. Or I could just do the leave the Fre on during the outdoors season and then put a protector and another case on the rest of the time. I think I'll probably just run without a protector and get a UAG metropolis if I start noticing any micro-scratches in the oleophobic coating.

    I haven't noticed any issues so far. The 6s+ I had though the first night I wiped it on my shirt (which I thought was clean) to remove fingerprints after a few hours of setting it up (first iPhone) and immediately got a nice 1/2" micro-scratch in the coating. So I rush ordered a tempered glass protector for it and had been using protectors since. Started having flashbacks to the poor Lumia 1020 that I had. Anyway I'll post a pic of the Fre when it goes on tonight if I can get a good pic out of my 2017 iPad (or borrow my wife's 7).
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    08-03-2017 07:07 PM
  7. popkurn611's Avatar
    Got a speck presidio today at TjMaxx! $15! Can't beat that price!

    08-03-2017 08:33 PM
  8. TripleOne's Avatar
    Got a speck presidio today at TjMaxx! $15! Can't beat that price!

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    Cool!
    Enjoy your new case
    08-03-2017 10:30 PM
  9. flyinion's Avatar
    New Fre next to my Rhinoshield playproof. Still trying to get the touchID to behave. Seems good so far. This is my first fully enclosed case in right years of smartphones so it will be an adjustment no matter what



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    08-03-2017 10:48 PM
  10. Tpence2177's Avatar
    Wish that color combo was available for the 6/6s+ series phones
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    08-03-2017 11:12 PM
  11. flyinion's Avatar
    So one thing I've noticed after using the Fre for a few hours now, the extra width/length over a traditional case and maybe combined with the gray borders from the color I chose give an optical illusion of the 7+ having a smaller screen than it really does. Like, my brain looks at the extra bezel width and says "wow that's a small screen for the phone being so big".
    Danny8200 likes this.
    08-04-2017 01:52 PM
  12. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    So one thing I've noticed after using the Fre for a few hours now, the extra width/length over a traditional case and maybe combined with the gray borders from the color I chose give an optical illusion of the 7+ having a smaller screen than it really does. Like, my brain looks at the extra bezel width and says "wow that's a small screen for the phone being so big".
    Oh yes definitely, leave it on a for a while and take it off and your screen looks HUGE! It’s one of the things that has made gravitate toward thinner cases.
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    08-04-2017 02:09 PM
  13. flyinion's Avatar
    Oh yes definitely, leave it on a for a while and take it off and your screen looks HUGE! It’s one of the things that has made gravitate toward thinner cases.
    I also found some dust under the screen protector this morning. I assume from opening/closing the charge port since I treated the install like putting a screen protector on and this stuff wasn't there last night. I definitely see this case's future use for me being it specifically only going on when I need the protection level. But overall most of the concerns I had from reading various comments in the past that helped steer me away from grabbing one seem to be nonexistent.
    08-04-2017 02:25 PM
  14. MooMooPrincess's Avatar
    Why didn't y'all tell me Verizon does next day shipping for free? (I think I just live by a hub). Ordered 8/3 at 3pm and I got this this morning!


    08-04-2017 04:08 PM
  15. jr866gooner's Avatar
    Why didn't y'all tell me Verizon does next day shipping for free? (I think I just live by a hub). Ordered 8/3 at 3pm and I got this this morning!


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    Nice looking case! Jail broken I see?
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    08-04-2017 04:13 PM
  16. MooMooPrincess's Avatar
    Nice looking case! Jail broken I see?
    You have to be, the experience tends to be amazing...well for me
    08-04-2017 04:15 PM
  17. jr866gooner's Avatar
    You have to be, the experience tends to be amazing...well for me
    What do you do if you need to visit apple for faults etc?
    08-04-2017 04:18 PM
  18. MooMooPrincess's Avatar
    What do you do if you need to visit apple for faults etc?
    Uninstall my jb and tell them I need to stay on my current firmware or I'll lose my job. 🤷🏾*♀️LOL
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    08-04-2017 04:19 PM
  19. jr866gooner's Avatar
    Uninstall my jb and tell them I need to stay on my current firmware or I'll lose my job. 🤷🏾*♀️LOL
    Lol and apple comply? Even if no longer signing the version you have?
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    08-04-2017 04:21 PM
  20. MooMooPrincess's Avatar
    Lol and apple comply? Even if no longer signing the version you have?
    Yup, generally they don't need to update the software and I don't have any major issues so I'm good for now
    08-04-2017 04:25 PM
  21. flyinion's Avatar
    Annnnnnnd I just processed a return on Amazon for the Fre. Decided the dust under the screen protector issue was going to drive me nuts. Did a little looking and it sounds like it's not unusual for it to happen once the charge port is opened. Considering one of my uses for my phone is plugged into my Jeep while doing dusty offroad trips that didn't bode well for keeping the screen clean. I'll have to look into a Nuud I guess. I've heard the Dog & Bone open screen version is not great and somehow has worse sound quality than the Wetsuit Impact. Are there any other open screen waterproof cases I should look at in addition to the Nuud? I won't be happy about the extra thickness on them but they'll definitely be a situational use case and not a daily driver.
    08-04-2017 04:45 PM
  22. flyinion's Avatar
    Or are there any waterproof cases where the built in screen protector actually adheres to the screen like a normal screen protector? That would solve the issue of dust getting between the screen and the protector.
    08-04-2017 04:46 PM
  23. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    I also found some dust under the screen protector this morning. I assume from opening/closing the charge port since I treated the install like putting a screen protector on and this stuff wasn't there last night. I definitely see this case's future use for me being it specifically only going on when I need the protection level. But overall most of the concerns I had from reading various comments in the past that helped steer me away from grabbing one seem to be nonexistent.
    It’s was either there before installation or the case is defective. That would be my guess. Did you do your own water test?
    08-04-2017 05:10 PM
  24. flyinion's Avatar
    I did and it passed just fine. Everything was definitely clean when I put it together but the bottom flap had been open a few times to charge and show off to co-workers this morning. A little web searching turned up comments about it not being uncommon that the charging port can allow dust in when it's open. This wasn't lint dust either. It was big enough to really feel it under the screen protector.
    08-04-2017 05:19 PM
  25. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Weird, I’ve never had that issue with a Lifeproof.
    akutch34 likes this.
    08-04-2017 07:24 PM
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